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Australian Garden Council
Current Board Members 2019


VICTORIA


David Moad  Assoc Dip Hort (Burnley), Dip Bus (FM)    
Director  
                  
Born into a family of passionate gardeners and designers, David fell in love with orchids at the age of ten, then moved on to propagating plants to sell at the family business. After completing an Associate Diploma in Horticulture at Burnley, he began a thirty year career in retail horticulture, including stints in garden centres in Ireland and New Zealand. Managing the garden division at Rivers of Yarrambat allows David to indulge his love of plants and a passion for customer service. He has also gained a Diploma in Business Frontline Management.
Rivers began as Plenty River Nurseries in 1981 and has established a reputation as a leading destination garden centre. Now a multi faceted retail & leisure business, it is run by the second generation of the Moad family. Over its thirty seven year history, Rivers has gone through many stages of evolution and is now known as Rivers of Yarrambat. The garden centre features a restaurant style café, complemented by a health & wellbeing centre, personal training gyms and a hair & beauty studio. 
David enjoys the challenges of retail and the constant evolution of our dynamic industry. He travels widely to gain knowledge and insight into how overseas operators are developing their businesses to keep pace with their changing markets.

 

Rohan Butler    Exec. Cert Business (Monash)
General Manager Home Garden  -  Group Marketing & Business Development Manger

For the last 9 years Rohan has been working with Seasol International Pty Ltd, a market leader within the plant and soil care industry within Australia.  In his time at Seasol Rohan has held a number of roles including National Sales and Marketing Manager & General Manager  Home Garden. 
In July 2019 Rohan was appointed to the position of General Manager Marketing and Business Development for Seasol International in addition to his duties  as GM for Home Garden. 
In his time at Seasol Rohan developed passion for horticulture and growing through the utilisation of natural ingredients and has two key passions. First making a more natural and beneficial product for soils and plants available to the community, and helping Australian farmers improve the way we grow our food sustainably.

 

 

NEW SOUTH WALES


Graham Ross VMM, MAIH RH, Dip Ed (Teach), Dip Hort, Dip Park Admin. 
CEO Ross Garden Tours International (1980) & GRHC Garden Clinic (1978)
Chairman & Founder Australian Garden Council

Graham has worked as a nurseryman, arborist, greenkeeper, seedsman, local government Head Gardener & parks superintendent, and Head of Division of Horticulture NSW TAFE, Principal Ryde School of Horticulture (Ret).
He served 11 years as Honorary Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, appointed by Gov. Sir David Martin. Graham is only the fourth Australian to receive the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society (UK). He is the only person in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded an Honorary Fellow of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Guild London, he was awarded the Electronic Laurel, Radio Laurel and Gold Laurel & Hall of Fame -Australian Horticultural Media Association. Award of Excellence - Australian Institute of Horticulture, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit also Allan Seale Award-Nursery & Garden Industry NSW, Award of Merit -Nursery & Garden Industry Australia. 
Graham has been a national broadcaster with Macquarie /Fairfax Radio since 1980 with The Garden Clinic Show, national television garden presenter with Channel 7 since 1980 and 25 years with Better Homes & Gardens TV. Host of Great Gardens of the World TV series.
Author of five books on gardening and horticulture in Australia and co-founder Garden Clinic.dot com.


Mick Conway      
Owner Manager Conway Landscaping and Design

 Mick Conway is the owner /manager of Conway Landscaping and Design initially building high-end gardens in Melbourne for twelve years.
Mick is the most experienced Australian in constructing international quality landscape show gardens.
Mick constructed gold, silver and bronze medal winning gardens each year for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, MIFGS.  
He built a show garden at the 2012 Chelsea Garden Show in London winning a Silver Guilt medal. 
Wes Fleming invited him back for 2013 to build Landscape Designer Phil Johnston's Chelsea Show Garden which won Gold and Best in Show. The next year 2014 hand-picked an Australian team to build Alan Titchmarsh's show garden. In 2015 Conway Landscaping and Design team built Australian garden at Chelsea for Charlie Albone winning Silver Guilt.
Mick’s gardens have been published in many magazines and a handful of books. He has built for Landscape Designers who are known nationally and internationally, in styles from traditional Japanese to Formal English, Contemporary Australian to naturalistic native.  
Since 2012 Mick and his team at Conway Landscaping have built gardens in the Southern Highlands of NSW, constructing for renowned garden designers. 


John Robb B.Hort. Sc (Hons)
Awarded BBM Scholarship to visit the UK and Europe. Elders Limited Scholarship funding provided to assist with tertiary education. The Horticultural Congress Trust Award, with attendance at the ISHS, International Horticultural Congress in Seoul.
Global Author Publications Australia: More than 80 PBR (patent equivalent) applications written/co-written.
USA: More than 25 Patent applications written/co-written/awarded.
EU:    More than 15 CPVO (patent equivalent) applications written/co-written.  
New Zealand More than 15 PVR (patent equivalent) applications written/co-written.           
John comes from a farming background in northern NSW, including dairy & mixed cropping. Studied at the University of Western Sydney – Hawkesbury. Worked in the Nursery industry for the past 23 years, particularly in the wholesale production sector. Primary focus has been on the breeding, development and introduction of garden plants suitable for Australian gardens. Experience in tertiary education sector (teaching at both TAFE & University levels over the years). Experience in import & export of plant material and associated biosecurity measures. Experience with garden tourism by close association with Paradise Gardens – one of Australia’s leading private gardens, owned by Mr Bob Cherry. Have travelled extensively around the world studying horticulture.
Currently partner & director - The Paradise Seed Company Pty Limited: development of new plant varieties for the domestic & export markets.   Australian Green Tea Pty Limited: breeding & development of new tea varieties for an emerging Australian green tea industry.


Robert Reynolds
     Managing Director 
Landscape Design, Install and Maintenance Garden Home business Auckland NZ.
Market Gardening, Keri Keri NZ.
Agronomist for Fruit and Orchard Industry NZ Fruitgrowers Federation
Export Officer for Kiwifruit and Sub Tropical FruitFed Export
Sales Technical Manager for NZ largest Potting Mix Business, Smiths Horticulture
GM, Hortex Australia
Sales Manager Yates Australia Pty Ltd
GM WSN(NSW Govt) Organics
GM Cazna Australia 
Robert is a member of IPPS 29 years, Member of AGCSA, SBA, NGIA, NGINA, NGINZ


Kent Ross 
Managing Director

 Kent is a business management and marketing specialist. His skill set includes accounting and finance, human resources, advertising, marketing, travel operations and media buying. Kent established a division of Ross Garden Tours in London 2006-2014.
Kent is a professional football (soccer) referee. He also has extensive computer skills especially related to publishing. He is the publisher of the Garden Clinic Journal Magazine. Kent has travelled the world extensively all his life throughout Europe, North America, China and Australia. Referee,  Football Association of England. Managing Director,  Graham Ross Horticultural Consultants Pty Ltd
Managing Director and Licensee,  Ross Garden Tours International Pty Ltd
Founder and Managing Director, Kent Ross Media Pty Ltd                                        
Diploma in Tourism Management, TAFE NSW

Narelle Smith Assoc. Dip. Hort.  (Ryde), Cert. Mktg (UWS), Cert. Bus.Writing, Cert IV Govt. Investigations

Principal Horticulturist, Business Marketing and Risk Consultant - Growth Point

Narelle graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture in 1985 and has since undertaken further study in Marketing, Environmental Management, Playground Standard, Risk Compliance and Therapeutic Horticulture.  Extensive industry management experience has been gained through her work with leading retail and wholesale nurseries, specialist turf consultants, as Plant Protection Product Manager with Yates Australia Pty Ltd and as a Project Manager, Playground Advisory with Kidsafe NSW Inc.  Narelle is a horticultural consultant for the Garden Clinic(r)(tm), Graham Ross Horticultural Consultants Pty Ltd.  She is a Student Assessor BBM Youth Awards 2018-current.
Narelle's experience includes technical horticulture, business development and marketing, compliance and governance, research and writing. She is a member of the Australian Society of Horticultural Science, Cultivate NSW, The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Foundation and Friends, Australian Plants Society and Tropical Garden Society of Sydney.

 

Kate Grace  B. Ldscp. Design., Cert IV TAE.

Kate is from a small town in NSW, in 2013/14 she was awarded the Sir John Pagan award for Horticulture, through BBM Youth Support. This led her to work on multiple Gold Medal Award winning show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show in London (2014/15/16)
Since returning home she has built a Gold medal Balcony show garden with her Husband Mick, at the Australian Garden Show Sydney 2014. She has founded a Not for Profit Organisation, YoungHort Australia, an organisation to help encourage High School leavers to consider a career in Horticulture. She runs her own business in garden design and construction, and has become an inspiration to young horticulturists, giving her time freely to further her passion for gardening among the youth of Australia.

 
Kate Low    B.Landscape Architecture (UNSW), Certificate of Horticulture (TAFE NSW, Ryde Campus), M.Environmental Studies (UMaq)
Head of Skills Team, Agribusiness, Sydney Region, TAFE NSW
 
Kate is the daughter of a horticulturist, and has been surrounded by plants, gardens and landscapes all her life.  After studying Landscape Architecture, Kate felt her plant knowledge was lacking, so returned to TAFE to study horticulture.  Kate worked in domestic and commercial landscape design and construction for over 15 years, gradually gravitating more towards environmental management.  Kate taught at TAFE NSW, Ryde Campus, for 25 years, and now manages all delivery in Agribusiness for the Sydney Region.  Kate has continued to be actively  involved in gardens throughout her teaching career, running the community garden at Erskineville Public School, being a keen verge gardener, and maintaining involvement with the extensive grounds at Ryde.

 

 

QUEENSLAND


John Mason Dip. Hort. (Burnley), FAIH (Aus), FIH (UK), FPLA
Principal ACS Distance Education 

John Mason graduated with a diploma from Burnley Horticultural College in 1971. Worked variously as gardener, landscaper, nurseryman, horticultural consultant, community playground designer, lecturer; and municipal parks superintendent. Editor/principal writer for 4 national garden magazines; author of 150 books. Organised garden pavilion for Royal Agricultural Show in Melbourne; Principal ACS Distance Education: 36 years – developed 600+ courses (200 horticulture –also agriculture, business, environment, tourism, health). E book publisher. 

 
John Daly   Assoc. Dip. Rural Tech (Horticulture),  Grad.Dip Ldscp Arch.

Director, eCo-CONNECT
john@ecoenvironment.com.au

John has more than 40 years of experience as a specialist horticulturist, designing and developing soil medium, indoor environments, green roofs and walls across Australia, Singapore and Qatar.  Continued and quite dedicated research into a board range of specialist horticultural issues has ensured John remains at the very peak of his professional network.  Long term responsibility for the capital and maintenance work on nearly 100 parks and gardens demonstrates his project management abilities.  His radio and television experience clearly show he can communicate well and is sought after for his opinions.

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA



Colin Barlow
B.Ed., ADTrg&Dvt, A.Dip App.Sci (Hort)   Horticulturist / Landscape Designer / Media Horticulturist
Employment Experiences: Colin Barlow is a horticulturist, landscape designer, tour guide, teacher and garden writer.   
Colin originally trained as an apprentice horticulturist in England. After completing his studies in the UK he became a Parks Supervisor before immigrating to Australia and working as a Parks Technical Officer and 2IC to the Manager of Parks. Colin furthered his studies in Australia by completing an Associate Diploma in Horticulture and a teaching degree.  He worked as Landscape Coordinator and lecturer at Challenger Institute of Technology for over 17 years.  
Colin is the Managing Director of his own landscape design and construction company, Gardens from Eden.  Colin hosts a weekly television gardening segment on ‘Home in WA’ with Channel 7 Perth, is the gardening writer and the local gardening expert on 98.5 Sonshine FM radio.  Colin has experience in leading gardening tours through Europe and Western Australia.
Colin is a member of the following horticultural organisations AILDM, MAIH, RHS, HMAA, LIAWA and the AGHS


SOUTH AUSTRALIA



Trevor Nottle Dip. T., Dip. T. o D., Bach. Spec. Ed.,   Master of Landscape Architecture, PhD candidate. 

Trevor is a garden historian and heritage consultant with commissions and project experience in Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, California, Greece and Italy. He operates a solo consultancy for private garden owners. Trevor is also an internationally distributed author of 17 gardening books related to the above areas of expertise and have been contracted by publishing houses in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. 
From 1980 to 1990 he was the Education Manager ( Principal) of the School for Environment, Conservation & Horticulture for TAFE SA during which time he developed extensive industry and inter-governmental networks and working relationships, in particular those concerning educational training packages, national standards, programme auditing and evaluation, and the implementation of new national training packages for the emerging water industry, conservation and land management, pest and weed control, and new Diploma courses in garden design that were sold to international students. This qualification was articulated with the Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Adelaide. His final initiative while at TAFE SA was as a Senior Project Manager tasked with developing new higher level skills qualifications for horticulture that would specialised skills areas at post- Diploma levels that would meet the needs of industry and institutions such as botanic gardens. During this appointment Trevor served on a committee led by Prof. Ian Blandy to develop a new commercial and domestic water-use policy and implementation strategy for the SA government. The outcome of the task force was the Water Industry Alliance, now headed up by Prof. Mike Young, Environment Institute, University of Adelaide.

 

TASMANIA

Jane Teniswood 

Wind Song, Little Swanport, Box 96 Triabunna 7190
windsong@skymesh.com.au  phone 0362577583

Jane Teniswood has extensive experience in working with individuals, families, school systems and communities and has a background in teaching, counselling, community development, project management and business. She has a sound background in contemporary management, leadership roles and in networking systems and connecting community resources. 
Jane is currently the Chair of Blooming Tasmania, a State based organisation related to garden tourism. For more than 20 years, Jane and her husband have owned and managed “Wind Song” as a Bed & Breakfast Business on a farming property at Little Swanport, on the east coast of Tasmania.  

 

OUR FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS - November 2015